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Close Encounters of the Surprising Kind

Israeli President Moshe Katsav sure gets around. At the Vatican for the pope’s funeral, he met not one, but two, Really Evil Dudes (REDsTM). 

 

First up, was a meeting – no, two meetings – with the Dorktator, Syrian President Assad.  

President Moshe Katsav shook hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a chance encounter between the two at Pope John Paul II’s funeral in Rome Friday.

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The surprising encounter marks the first time a Syrian leader shakes hands with an Israeli president.

 

Katsav, who noticed Assad was seated one row behind him at the ceremony, shook the Syrian president’s hand and greeted him. Assad accepted the gesture, shook Katsav’s hand, and also greeted him.

 

Later in the ceremony, guests were urged to demonstrate a gesture of reconciliation toward those around them. This time, Assad was the one to initiate a handshake with Katsav.

Not content with that, Katsav also spoke with IraniacTM President Mohammad Khatami.

Katsav, who was born in Iran, also bumped into Iranian president Muhammad Khatami and exchanged several words with him in Persian.

I don’t know Persian/Farsi, but I am assuming the words are really, really long.

At the conclusion of funeral services, the Iranian-born Katsav also shook hands with President Mohammad Khatami. The two spoke for almost an hour in Farsi.

In any event, doesn’t this story just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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